Steve Humphrey is a newcomer when it comes to running for office, but he believes he can make a difference if he’s elected on Nov. 6.
Humphrey classifies himself as a conservative Republican and is running for the Colorado House District 48 open seat against Libertarian John Gibson of Greeley.
“At the top of the list is economic freedom and growth and job creation,” said Humphrey, who is a mental health counselor for the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office in Cheyenne, Wyo. “I believe in innovation and job growth created through market-based solutions.”
Humphrey said he’d like to see lowering of individual and business taxes.
“I’d like to see more money put back in the pockets of the people so they can reinvest it and use that creatively,” Humphrey said. “I look forward to working with the conservative Republican leadership to reduce spending and lower taxes.”
Colorado House District 48 includes the towns of Severance, Johnstown, Milliken, parts of Windsor, western Greeley, Gilcrest and Platteville.
Humphrey said he’d work across the aisle with Democrats if it doesn’t compromise his conservative principles.
Humphrey said he wants to see an even playing field for promoting oil, gas and coal.
“We’ve got a really booming energy economy, and I don’t want to see burdensome energy rules and regulations that keep us from moving forward,” Humphrey said. “I want us to move forward responsibly. Obviously, nobody wants their water contaminated and that kind of thing. I think companies have shown that they’re pretty conscientious about the way they’re going about that. They know what kind of a backlash they would get if they were harming the environment and our water. I want to remove those kind of burdens and get employees in the energy industry to work out there.”
Humphrey said he is pro-life.
“I want to protect our given right to life and to those who don’t have a voice,” said Humphrey, who won the nomination after defeating Jeffrey Hare in the Republican primary in June. “Life issues are very important. I think the major reason that I think voters have supported me is that I’m a principled, constitutional conservative, and I stand against big government and for the Constitution.”
Humphrey said he is an advocate for school choice through vouchers, tax credits or a combination of both in order to let parents choose good schools, public or private, to fit their family.
“Water’s an issue out here in Weld County. It’s the lifeblood of eastern Colorado,” Humphrey said. “I want to do everything to ensure that we have water to support our farmers and ranchers.”
Along those lines, Humphrey is in favor of the Northern Integrated Supply Project, which would create two new reservoirs, one outside Fort Collins and one in Galeton.
“I want to see those water projects be fast tracked,” he said. “Those people need that water. I’m in support of that to make sure we’re planning for the future.”